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    Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Be alert for bull sharks, crocodiles and snakes in flood waters

    Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Monday, March 12, 2018

    Be alert for bull sharks, crocodiles and snakes in flood waters

    Queensland Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch has urged residents in Far North Queensland to be alert for bull sharks, crocodiles and snakes in flood waters.

    With their natural environment under threat, Ms Enoch said bull sharks, crocodiles and snakes could turn up unexpectedly in flooded areas.

    “Fast water flows and contaminants are not the only potential dangers presented by flood water – there are also some species we have to watch out for,” Ms Enoch said.

    “While crocodiles prefer calmer waters, they may move outside their usual boundaries to find a quiet place where they can wait for the floodwaters to recede.

    “Bull sharks could also be lurking in water and it is vital that everyone remains alert.

    “Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Science are ready to respond and remove any crocodile that poses a risk to local communities.

    “People should also be on the look out for snakes – they are good swimmers and may turn up unexpectedly following a flood.

    “Don’t attempt to catch or remove a snake if you see one. Contact a local licensed snake removalist if you need assistance.”

    Ms Enoch asked and urged anyone who sees a crocodile to report it as soon as possible to the Department of Environment and Science on 1300 130 372.

    “Timely reports to the Department of Environment and Science help protect local communities, and the Department investigates all crocodile sighting reports it receives,” Ms Enoch said.

    Ms Enoch said it was very important to always be Crocwise in Croc Country. In particular:

    • Expect crocodiles in ALL northern Queensland waterways even if there is no warning sign     
    • Obey all warning signs – they are there to keep you safe
    • Be aware crocs also swim in the ocean and be extra cautious around water at night
    • Stay well away from croc traps – that includes fishing and boating
    • The smaller the vessel the greater the risk, so avoid using canoes and kayaks
    • Stand back from the water’s edge when fishing and don’t wade in to retrieve a lure
    • Camp at least 50 metres from the edge of the water 
    • Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near water, camp site or boat ramp
    • Never provoke, harass or feed crocs
    • Always supervise children near the water and keep pets on a lead 
    • Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in croc country
    • Report all croc sightings to DES by calling 1300 130 372.

    More information on being Crocwise is at http://www.DES.qld.gov.au/wildlife/livingwith/crocodiles/crocodiles__be_croc_wise.html

     

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